Bodmin buys a ‘Bubblecar’

THE Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trust has secured one of the two much sought after Class 121 ‘Bubblecar’ single-unit DMUs used by Chiltern Railways until May 19.

‘Bubblecar’ No. 55020 (121020) is seen at Bodmin General on October 28, waiting transfer to Parkway carriage shed behind Class 08 No. 08444. It will remain at Bodmin under cover until the spring. JIMMY JAMES

They were the last first-generation DMUs in passenger use on the national network, having been modified to comply with present-day main line safety standards, and were used on weekday Aylesbury to Princes Risborough services.

Blue-liveried DMBS No. 55020 (121020) arrived by road at Bodmin General on October 20.
It had travelled by rail under its own power with No. 55034, from Aylesbury depot to Tyseley on October 13.

It will be a very useful addition to the Bodmin & Wenford stock, and will be fully integrated into the 2018 timetable. There are no immediate plans to change its livery.

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